Lab Technician & Learning Coordinator (part-time)


ASCUS Art & Science is a non-profit organisation leading art-science collaboration in Scotland. Through partnership working, we operate at the boundaries of art and science, everything we do happens through an interdisciplinary approach between scientists, artists, designers, the public and other communities. We believe the art-science interface generates a ‘third space’ opening up unconventional thinking, creativity, innovation and new perspectives. ASCUS provides this platform through our open art-science lab, ASCUS Lab, the first of its kind in Scotland as well as our associated programmes; membership sessions, workshops, artist residencies, public engagement projects and more. We aim to democratise science and art for everybody by fostering imagination, creativity, experimentation and play with the tools of science.

Having built strong collaborations with high profile partners and sponsors such as the University of Edinburgh, Baillie Gifford and Edinburgh Science along with many more achievements we are at a pivotal time in our development as we embark on the adaptation of our engagement programme to online delivery in the face of Covid-19. With an international reputation in the field of art and science, this is an exciting opportunity to join us as we build this brand new part of our business that will broaden the impact of our hands-on work when it returns.

About the role

For this role we are looking for someone passionate about lab based science (preferably in the following areas: microscopy, microbiology and DNA analysis) and previous experience working in labs. This will include overseeing the delivery of our engagement programme across our digital channels as well as working both independently and with partners to develop engaging learning experiences for our online and in-person programmes (when they return) that combine art, design and the sciences. This is an opportunity for someone interested in working in a dynamic and creative environment with a small core team and a community of passionate volunteers, helping us to build our ever expanding art-science community and sharing our work with a variety of public audiences.

The role of the ASCUS Lab Technician and Learning Coordinator will be to work with other ASCUS core team members, in continuing to develop and maintain our Lab facility and delivering our year round members, workshops and training programmes, the majority of which is planned to be online during 2021. This is a demanding role, working with a diverse range of partners in an art-science lab environment and would suit someone who is passionate about breaking down complex ideas and concepts into clear and simple language, using hands-on demonstrations and experiments, adapting to different audience levels. This is a front facing role and would suit someone who is a people person, who is confident in sharing their knowledge and expertise to camera and in front of live audiences. We are looking for an enthusiastic communicator who can demonstrate a track record of success in delivering creative and engaging activities, using demonstrable lab skills, overseeing and implementing good Health and Safety practice and with experience in web-based and digital media.

Join our team and be part of something truly innovative and unique

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Summary of role

ASCUS Lab Technician & Learning Coordinator
£19,000 pro rata
Freelance, part-time, fixed term contract
Reporting to:
ASCUS Managing Director
Working closely with:
Managing Director & Marketing, Communications and Digital Content Coordinator, ASCUS Lab Members and Users
15 hours a week
(This is a freelance post for a six month period, with possible extension and additional hours subject to funding)
The successful candidate will be required to work a combination of home and lab working (in Edinburgh), dependent on Covid-19 restrictions and demand from our Lab Membership programme. Working days are negotiable but three 5 hour days per week would be preferable, however, flexible hours can be discussed.
How to apply:
Please email your CV, and covering letter to, articulating your interest in and suitability for the role relevant to the person specification. Please do not submit an application without reading the full job specification, which includes; role duties, responsibilities, skills requirements and experience.
Closing Date:
Friday 26th February
Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th March
Start date:
Immediate start

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